Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sending Some Love Your Way…

Good afternoon, my friends! 

It’s pretty gloomy here in central California today…the clouds are filled with rain and just ready to burst! (I secretly love days like this!)

Well, as  my title says today, just sending some love your way today…not much to talk about, just a couple of cards and a warm hello to each and every one of you!

Here’s my first card:

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This beautiful vintage image is from Crafty Secrets’ new “Calendar” Creative Scraps—there are now more gorgeous images on the back!

Isn’t it beautiful?!

I just typed up my own sentiment on the computer, added some beautiful black lace, PTI black grosgrain and satiny white ribbon..

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…lots of Platinum Stickles just everywhere…Dazzling Diamonds on the image, and some gorgeous chunky clear German glass glitter on the beautiful Prima flowers.

Next, something a little different…

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Isn’t this  fun?!  “Let them eat cupcakes”…love that!This is from Kristin Hubick at Retro Cafe’ Art….so many great images!

Marie is usually kept to all the sumptuous, soft pastel colors in artwork…I felt like she needed to pop a bit more on some black—I like it!

Black and pink grosgrain ribbon, black sequins backing fabulous crystal rhinestones…

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…lots of Platinum Stickles again…I’m just a little hooked on that stuff!  Dazzling Diamonds, again…pretty much everywhere…and that’s about it!

I love the way colored images—especially vintage ones—just pop off the page when backed with black.  My tastes have really been influenced  by my Mom…she’s an amazing artist and so great with color…

She would always choose things backed in black, I would usually go for the same things backed in white or cream….she eventually swayed me over to the “dark side”! (Never admitted that to her yet…ssssshhhhhhh!)

Well, that’s all for today…hope the day is beautiful for you, no matter the weather!

See you soon with something new…



  1. Beautiful!!! The second one ... I can't find words to express how much I like it.
    Have a nice day, Julie:)

  2. these are beautiful! that second image with the cupcake is too cute!

  3. Hello Julie... that top card is my favorite... sooo pretty! Sorry it is rainy and gloomy there for you, (even though you say you like those days!)... we finally have sunshine and warm weather today after yesterday's SNOW! xoxo Julie Marie

  4. Julie, I absolutely agree with black! Even my very simple style of paper crafting usually has black somewhere. I think it is my favorite accent color! EAK! I can see my reminder button on your sidebar reminding ME that I have to finish my own postcards! I have lost all steam for this swap. Some days it's just fun to visit and take in all the beautiful artwork! Have a lovely week ahead! E

  5. Beautiful projects, Julie!! I love the idea of Marie Antoinette cupcake picks.... how perfectly ironic and wicked! :) Very pretty, too! :)

  6. As always, you come up with the most beautiful cards, Julie. Please send some rain our way. I'm watering the neighbors MANY flowers while they're vacationing in Alaska for three weeks. And I need some help!

  7. Julie, your cards are gorgeous...i really love the marie/cupcake one!!! sooooo pretty!!!

  8. I agree with you, I love black, too. The cupcake is sure cute :)

    We're having about the same weather today, but I kinda like it :)


  9. No secret about it! I love days like that!
    We were just in Paso Robles for 3 days. WIndy and cool but sooooo much better than last year when it was 110!!!
    Loving the first card. I've never quite got caught up in the entire Marie thing. Am I missing out?
    Have a great day! Karen
    (send some of your rain to So Cal! We need it too!)

  10. Today was gorgeous here...yesterday we had snow! Love these cards...do you ever run out of ideas? Everyone is so pretty! Come say hi :D

  11. hi julie,

    love seeing all of your rainy day fun!


  12. ps

    i was just noticing books you've read and saw katherine howe. i haven't read her book but i attended a luncheon last summer where she spoke. she was so interesting, young and smart.

  13. It just turned cloudy here in the valley about 2 hours ago. Got a few sprinkles on my drive home. Your cards are so sweet - I've been catching up and I love how you just segue from an adorable card to a fascinating story of your family. I wish mine had wanted to share the stories of their lives with us. They were always much too reticent. Thank you for sharing your stories!

  14. Lots of rain here too...oh how I adore your cards...black and pink together is my favourite. Hugs for a great week. xoxo

  15. Looks lovely.....its here sunny wether...lots off sun.


  16. Julie, once again you amaze me with your creative talents! I love both cards and the colours are magnificent. I think Black and pink are really special together!! You have showcased this pairing beautifully!!! We have been enjoying lovely sunny and warm weather lately, but I expect that it is about to change . . . oh well, it can't stay sunny all the time I guess or we would not appreciate it for the gift that it is!! I am sending lots of love and hugs across to you this morning!! Hope you can feel them sweet friend! xxoo

  17. So wonderfull,
    I love the Marie-one, so sweet with wings.
    Thanks for the love- I`m sending some back to you ,too.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  18. Rainy days are lovely indeed, Julie. Especially rainy evenings. Rain on the windows and roof, lots and lots of tea inside ^_^

    Wishing you a rainy day ;) xx

  19. HI Julie! happy wednesday!
    Love those cards.. the colors are beautiful in both of them. that Marie one is really awesome. I just went to a scrap book convention and I love all the crafty secrets stuff!

  20. So different but equally lovely. The cupcake is cute! I am sure Scotland is keeping all the sunshine to itself as elsewhere it is either raining or snowing. Enjoy your rainclouds! Lynne M

  21. Happy day to you! Many folks are doing granny squares with a black border and I just love it. I just can't figure out the granny squares! :) When I was a kg teacher, I always displayed the kids artwork on black construction paper. It always made a perfect frame for whatever they might have created. Your cards are always beautiful! Have a wonderful Wednesday, Tammy

  22. I always love coming over here to see what you're up to, rainy days allow me to get a lot accomplished! Beautiful collages with the black background!

  23. These look great Julie and I agree with you and your mom about the black - lots of extra drama to be had that way!

  24. Your creations are always amazing Julie and seem so effortless for you!! Love comin' right back at cha! Hope you have a wonderful, fun-filled holiday weekend! Morgan graduates this weekend so we should be having fun amongst the tears!! Enjoy!

  25. Just gorgeous, Julie!
    I'm crazy for Marie Antoinette, so you know I'm loving that second card. :-)

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  26. I LOVE both cards !!! Dark is good sometime.......and this time it is! In fact it is GREAT! Loving these cards my little friend! Nite Nite!

  27. The top card is my favorite! We finally got some much needed rain yesterday!


  28. Truly lovely Julie!!!

    Wishing you a wonderful Memorial weekend!!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  29. Oh Julie! That first card just took my breath away! It is so beautiful! Not that there's anything wrong with the second one:), it's just that first one speaks to my heart. Have a great day! Twyla

  30. Beautiful cards you have made and shared with us. Rainy days are perfect for getting "crafty".